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                         Doing it God's Way                                                   With Reverend Michael Cartwright  


Let's find out what God says about one of the most dramatic problems in our lives-Giving up control to God

 "You cannot give God 90% of your trust and expect Him to bless you for it." 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6



"Trust God with all your heart in working things out with your teenager"

    Our little battles with our teenagers only turn into bigger battles when we will try to handle the problem ourselves instead of giving it completely over to God. Since our Creator is not a foolish God, we can not give Him 90% of our problems and expect God to take over.

He knows that you will take the remaining 10% that you still have control of and mess everything back up all over again, and make it even worst than it was before! Your blessings start when you give Him 100% of your problems.

Why does God allow adversity to happen?

As a parent, I have been there many times trying to work things out when communication breaks down with my teenager. I learned that I could win the battle but I will lose the war. The war of respect, where my daughter would stop coming to me for parental advice to help her pave the road for her to be continually blessed by the choices that she makes.

I learned that if I just try to understand her opinion and point of view with the same respect that I was expecting, that our teenager will have the spirit of cooperation to want to work things out.

If we as parents are truly and totally honest with ourselves, when communication breaks down with our children and we don't feel were getting the respect that we deserve. Sometimes we react from a place of hurt and we say things that escalate the problem even worst.

Then we try to use the timeless heartfelt phrases that our parents have passed down to us, like "as long as your living under my roof you will do blah blah blah...." the problem with this "meet force with force mentality" is that we are simply putting a bandaid on the wound and we think that we have worked things out with our teenagers when in truth we never worked nothing out except to enforce the desire in our children's heart that they can't wait until they leave home.

I found out the hard way that I could not resolve this problem by myself, because I loved my teenager so much and when our words got out of hand, that I was saying things from a place of hurt, like; "I don't care if you leave" Words that I could not take back, because if she did leave because of the hurtful things I said, that I would rather die than to see us both seperated from each other's love.

 "Fathers do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Colossians 3:21

As I literally felt my heart break from my prideful words, It was then that I truly understood what the Bible's true definition of what Hell really was, it wasent just a place of fire and brimstone but a total seperation from our Heavenly Father's love.

"There is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." Romans 13:1

So I got on my knees and with total humility I told God that I don't have the answers to this problem without His help. That I am ready to give Him 100% of my trust, and I know that He will turn this overwhelming problem into a great blessing that will forever bond the love and respect between my teenager and me.

Then I realized that if I truly gave God 100% of my trust that He will mend our broken hearts.

Then I will should have the faith to believe... 

That it is God that will make our crooked paths straight,

That it is God who will triumph over every adversity and remove any obstacle before us,

That it is God that will bless us and show favor to us,

That it is God that will make sure that no weapon can ever prosper against me or my loved ones,

I told God that I not only trust Him with all my heart, but that I trust Him to take care of my princess.

I told God that I know that the simple truth is that she is more His daughter than she is mine, that our very spirit and soul belongs to Him, that I am simply a father who God has entrusted as a stewart to guide her and nuture her spirit so when that blessed day comes when she is ready to go out into the world to find her purpose.

Then I started to understand that it is a parent's purpose not to worry and be afraid for our children's future.

That God is not the author of fear but of faith and hope.

That we should always turn to God first in all things.

And not wait till we really mess things up.

Why should we always turn to God first?

"Everything comes from God alone, Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory." Romans 11:36 LB

If everything is for God's glory, how can we say to all others that we put our trust in the Lord, if we don't pray to God first so that we can glorify Him for answering our prayers.

"Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust." Psalm 40:4


"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

 God believes in you

  Reverend Michael Cartwright



 Help your teenagers find their strength   

 Show your teenagers mercy and grace 

Bless your children with happy thoughts 

Don't just say your proud of them  

No matter what happens in life

When communication breaks down

Love your teenager

You cannot give God just 90%

You cannot give God 90%


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